Corporation's work celebrated at handover ceremony

Will McKee addresses the event

Will McKee addresses the event

First published in News

THURROCK’S major planning organisation has left a legacy of projects that have transformed the borough, it has been claimed.

Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation formally handed over its projects, as well as other assets, during a special localism ceremony at High House Production Park in Purfleet.

Planning powers will be transferred to Thurrock Council at the beginning of April and the Labour-led authority will continue to drive regeneration projects, including the Lakeside “town centre” scheme and Grays Learning Campus.

Speaking to officers, councillors and MPs, chairman Will McKee said the corporation has been instrumental in transforming planning policies.

He said: “Everyone at the corporation is immensely proud of the organisation’s achievements, in particular its strategic policy framework and the transformational projects we have developed and implemented.

“It has been a job of achievement and I pay tribute to all the people who have helped with that.

“All of us have formed a deep attachment to Thurrock and we remain excited, hopeful and committed about its future.”

Development Corporation officials highlighted the successes during its seven year time in the borough including the Port of Tilbury development, the London Gateway superport, Lakeside developments and High House Production Park.

Mike Butterworth, chief operation officer of Capital Shopping, praised the corporation for creating a prosperous and dynamic environment in Thurrock.

Junior Secretary of State for Communities Bob Neill MP added: “This is a story of success and the corporation has driven development to the next phase.

“The Thames Gateway is a leading light in localism showcasing the innovation, growth and regeneration it can inspire.

“The hard work of the corporation, the council and community in Thurrock has demonstrated the creativity and determination to make their local area a success.”

Speaking about the council’s future in developing Thurrock, leader John Kent said: “This will be our decade of delivery.

“We will work to transform the borough for the future and prosperity of Thurrock.”

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3:11pm Sun 18 Mar 12

A Dermot says...

What a joke, Will McKee and co have grown fat sponging taxpayers cash while giving planning permissions to their developer pals. Now these parasites and spongers will scuttle back to their homes away from Thurrock as not one of them live here.
What a joke, Will McKee and co have grown fat sponging taxpayers cash while giving planning permissions to their developer pals. Now these parasites and spongers will scuttle back to their homes away from Thurrock as not one of them live here. A Dermot
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9:52pm Sun 18 Mar 12

Bernard 87 says...

Unfortunately, they made sure they passed a couple huge developments as a parting gift to Thurrock.
Unfortunately, they made sure they passed a couple huge developments as a parting gift to Thurrock. Bernard 87
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2:58pm Tue 20 Mar 12

Dave_ says...

What a load of tosh.
The people saying how wonderful it has been don't, as said, live around here and only see the chaos when they come to work for however long that is.
It's all well and good the stuffed shirts eulogising, but unlike the Romans (as per Monty Python) I can't see what the leeches in the TGDC have done for us.
As for Cllr Kent, why haven't the previous times been "decades of delivery" and what are they going to deliver other than more misery and chaos.
What a load of tosh. The people saying how wonderful it has been don't, as said, live around here and only see the chaos when they come to work for however long that is. It's all well and good the stuffed shirts eulogising, but unlike the Romans (as per Monty Python) I can't see what the leeches in the TGDC have done for us. As for Cllr Kent, why haven't the previous times been "decades of delivery" and what are they going to deliver other than more misery and chaos. Dave_
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